are those, even today, who maintain that Lucio Fulci was some
sort of visionary genius, despite all the evidence pointing
to the fact that he was, in reality, a hack who got lucky with
a few projects. Given that even his best-loved work (The
Beyond) now seems crushingly dull (seriously - watch
it again without the rose-tinted glasses - or with someone who
hasn't even heard of it - and I defy you to not be bored), what
hope for one of his worst? Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you
New York Ripper.
after his fantastical zombie films, New York Ripper
is a change of pace for Fulci, reverting back to the giallo
genre. New York is being terrorised by a mad slasher who carves
up 'sinful' women and taunts the police with what is generally
referred to as a 'Donald Duck' voice - in reality, a ridiculous
high-pitched whine combined with quacking. A slumming (and boy,
his performance shows what he thinks) Jack Hedley plays the
detective charged with catching the killer and wading his way
through the usual red herrings.
escorted out of the country under the orders of idiot head censor
James Ferman back in the 1980's, the film is still cut by 34
seconds - fans will know which scene. The remaining nastiness
is pretty brutal, and overtly sexual, and for many viewers,
the film will leave an unpleasant taste.
must be said that the film is efficiently made, the ghastly
bombastic score aside, but you'll feel unclean after watching
it. I'm all for bad taste and gratuitous offensiveness, but
this film simply seems squalid.
that said, as someone who grew up with Fulci's films, I'm glad
this is out there. Full marks to Shameless for resurrecting
it, though I'm not sure where the market is - the hardcore Italian
horror fans the label seems aimed at will no doubt already own
the uncut version. The packaging is great, however, and the
copious amount of sleazy trailers suggest that much better things
are in the offing from this new label.
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